NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk golfers and activists got a look Saturday morning at likely changes to Oak Hills Park with a tour of the location of a proposed driving range.
Jim Downing and Mark Curtin of Total Driving Range Solutions showed members of the Oak Hills Park Authority, the Friends of Oak Hills Park and others the proposed new location of the first tee, should the driving range that is proposed be built. Other highlights on the hour-long tour were the proposed spot of the second tee — overlooking a pond — and the proposed location for a pro shop, adjacent to the deck outside the restaurant.
About 30 people took the tour. Most were quiet as Downing talked of cart paths and improved traffic flow. OHPA Ad Hoc Driving Range Committee Chairman Ernie Desrochers led them up a hill to see the unobstructed view of the green from the proposed new first tee.
“If you took a picture here and then went up and took a picture there, you wouldn’t think you were on the same tee,” OHPA Chairman Clyde Mount said.
There was much talk of how the speed of play would improve with the expected changes, especially in the area where the cart barn and pro shop are now.
The green would be taken out of that spot, leaving plenty of room to stage carts, even facing them in different directions, Downing said. It won’t be difficult to hear an announcement that it’s tee time, he said.
“If you’re on the range, your yards away from the first hole,” he said. “So it’s great — you’re not going to be late. Speed is important on the golf course.”
Mount shows the new first tee, below:
Desrochers talks about the proposed first tee:
Downing shows off the proposed location of the second tee:
The back end of the driving range is shown here:
The new location of the cart barn, behind the restaurant: